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Syms 2/7/Mass In C/Ruins Of At

Ludwig Van Beethoven Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. I. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con Brio
2. II. Larghetto
3. III. Scherzo & Trio: Allegro
4. IV. Allegro Molto
5. I. Poco Sostenuto - Vivace
6. II. Allegretto
7. III. Presto - Assai Meno Presto
8. IV. Allegro Con Brio
Disc: 2
1. Kyrie
2. Gloria
3. Credo
4. Sanctus
5. Benedictus
6. Agnus Dei
7. Overture: Andante Con Moto - Allegro, Ma Non Troppo - Beecham Choral Society
8. Chorus: Daughter Of High-Throned Zeus - Beecham Choral Society
9. Chorus Of Dervishes - Beecham Choral Society
10. Turkish March - Beecham Choral Society
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beecham's Beethoven Oct. 5 2005
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
EMI has had their share of questionable reissues lately, but with the "Gemini" series, the label's new incredibly inexpensive two-disc budget classical line, they've produced some real winners. One of the titles I most anticipated was this reissue featuring Sir Thomas Beecham's stereo recordings of Beethoven's 2nd & 7th Symphonies from the late 1950s. While Beecham's Beethoven may not be as acclaimed as his masterful readings of the late Mozart and Haydn Symphonies, they are still thoroughly enjoyable, first rate performances. Throw in a second disc of the Mass in C and The Ruins of Athens Incidental Music (neither of which I previously owned) and you've got a set that's essential for Beecham fans. Enjoy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Beethoven 7th Oct. 19 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been looking for this recording since my college day when I often went to music library between classes to get motivated by listening to Beecham's Beethoven 7th Symphony. I just received the CD I bought and listen to it over and over. What a wonderful 7th this is! I also have numerous other 7th in my collections which include Karajan's 63 BPO, Furtwangler VPO, Klemperer's Phil, etc... they all have it's merit. However, it's Beecham's I missed the most. I am so glad I finally found it at Amazon.com. What distinguishes Sir Thomas' style to the rest is his ability to turn the music loose and let it flows. He was asked by a music critic one time regarding his ability to make fine music; he simply said that he hired the best musicians and let them play...The listener for this CD will tell his Beethoven is not heavy to the ears and music seems to be so much alived. Another Beecham's wonderful talent is his tastefulnees in music phrasing. Listen to this and I can assure you won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beecham at his best Nov. 28 2005
By Benjamin R. Cox, III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on vinyl in the early sixties, when as a teenager, I acquired my first stereo system. In fact, it was the first vinyl I bought, so I MEMORIZED it! Later in the university, I was blessed to have as an orchestra conductor and teacher, Geoffrey Gilbert, who was Beecham's first flautist for some thirty years. So, I felt that I got to know Sir Thomas personally. I this recording I hear so many of his hallmarks: the graceful turns of phrase, the attention to tiny details, allowing the composer to speak, dynamic contrasts, and humour. This is not Toscanini, but it is beautifully played and conceived. I highly recommend it to all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!!! April 15 2009
By RaleighObserver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Do you really want to know how good Beethoven's Symphony #2 is? In most performances it comes off as either a poor-cousin precursor to the Eroica or as a slightly heavier version of #1. There are very, very few performances which capture the brilliance of this piece, and of those few (Monteux and Maag are the others), Beecham is the best. The symphony is full of verve, fire, humor, lyricism. Where else will you find an andante that actually sings and soars coupled with a finale that will have you dancing in your living-room? Beecham's impeccable attention to detail, his exquisite and unfussy phrasing, his vitality and open-heartedness, all lead to a very natural, brilliant (there's that word again) performance.

The 7th is just as good, but it meets stiffer competition. We have excellent performances in similar veins from Monteux, Karajan (1960's set), Abbado (newest set), Harnoncourt and even Maag (despite the limitations of his small chamber orchestra). Beecham's is blessed with all the same qualities he brought to the 2nd. No-one makes the music dance better, and the finale is perfectly raucous and headlong. You can't go wrong here.

The second disc includes the incidental music to Timon of Athens and the Mass in C major. Both are somewhat lesser works, but they both get the full, buoyant Beecham treatment. Beecham was an excellent opera conductor and he brings his instinctive understanding of drama to these pieces to good effect.

The orchestra and chorus acquit themselves well. The sound is typical EMI late-1950's/early-1960's, which is to say clear and clean but a bit bass-shy. Still, nothing to complain about with performances this good.

If you love Beethoven, this two-fer demands to be in your collection. If you wan to know just how good the 2nd symphony can be, this set will make you fall in love with it. Buy it and enjoy!

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